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12/01/2015

Future Leaders returns in 2015: Be Next

People with the skills to ‘be next’ and contribute to the future success of the Australian wine community are invited to apply for Future Leaders, the grape and wine sector’s leadership development program.

Funded by the sector and coordinated by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), Future Leaders will be offered to 15 applicants with open, creative, inquisitive minds who are early- to mid-career and already demonstrating leadership potential.

Anne Duncan, AGWA Program Manager, said that Future Leaders is for committed wine people who want to develop leadership skills, extend their knowledge of the sector and foster collaborative partnerships.

“Future Leaders identifies up-and-coming leaders with the skills and knowledge to sustain Australian wine into the future.

“We’re looking for emerging leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to the prosperity of Australian wine – innovators, collaborators and game-changers who not only ask questions but also seek solutions.”

Over the past ten years, the program has produced 75 alumni from across the grape and wine community including winemakers, grapegrowers and viticulturists; business managers and marketers as well as suppliers and researchers.

Matt Fowles, CEO of Fowles Wine and Future Leaders 2006 alumnus, said the program opened many doors and created a network of industry colleagues and close friends.

“Future Leaders was a great opportunity to glean an insight into Australian wine sector leadership: the history, the structures, the people, and how they all interrelate.

“I understood more about effective leadership for the sector and developed greater skills and knowledge for my own businesses.”

The successful applicants will commence a six-month program in June, including four face-to-face sessions across the country.

Applications are now open and will close Friday 13 March 2015. For more information visit www.futureleaders15.com.

Future Leaders is supported by AGWA, Wine Grape Growers Australia and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.


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